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Country (long form) Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Capital Nassau
Total Area 5,382.26 sq mi
13,940.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Connecticut)
Population 297,852 (July 2001 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Estimated Population in 2050 318,301
Languages English, Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
Literacy 98.2% total, 98.5% male, 98% female (1995 est.)
Religions Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%
Life Expectancy 67.27 male, 73.71 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional parliamentary democracy
Currency 1 Bahamian dollar (B$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $15,000 (2000 est.)
Industry tourism, banking, cement, oil refining and transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe
Agriculture citrus, vegetables; poultry
Arable Land 1%
Natural Resources salt, aragonite, timber, arable land
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Geography of the Bahamas

Bahamas, or Commonwealth of the Bahamas, an independent nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Florida.

History of Bahamas

In 1492 Christopher Columbus made his first landing in the New World in the Bahamian archipelago.